Honda PCX 150

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Southerner, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. sendler

    sendler Been here awhile

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    I didn't feel like waiting for GiviUSA to get the rack for my B33 trunk so I made one myself out of 1"x1/8 aluminum angle. The bolts are m8x1.25 by 65 mm long. The spacers are aluminum tube 39 and 34 mm long. The PCX tail piece is marked on the inside for the cut outs. Cut away the plastic webbing from the universal plate as shown for the first bolt hole. The B33 case looks nice and is aero enough so as not to make any difference to reaching the limited top speed but is a little small for a backpack with a laptop. I may have to spring for a larger case and just use this one for it's good looks, and as a back rest and to hold the second jacket and helmet of a passenger.
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    .I also did my seat "humpectomy" by myself. The two humps are cut away individually, leaving the middle piece of the seat tub for support of the new foam which was stacked from two layers of rebond I got as a scrap for free. A washer fluid jug provided the two pieces of plastic to support the foam from underneath. I didn't even need to glue anything in as it just stays by itself. Even just two layers of foam is a little too thick so I may fine tune that some more later. The fabric store had a nice selection of vinyl that matched the seat pretty well so I cut out 4 circles the size of the washer fluid jug cap and glued them on underneath and on top to cover the holes with some special vinyl repair glue. It seems very durable so far and save me the $120 that the upholstery shop wanted to do the mod.
  2. sendler

    sendler Been here awhile

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    Ran my PCX150 empty. Coasted onto the side street under a handy street light and poured in a bottle worth to get me moving again. Filled the tank and the bottle again with 1.639 gallonsUS/ 6.204 liters. That is really all it can hold right to the edge of the cap. The last bar flashes at about .35 gallonsUS/ 1.325 liters.
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    157 miles for 95 mpg. Does the cold weather or the top box cost me 3% on top of whaterver advantage the Mobil 1 would have given me.
  3. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    That PCX...is tempting.

    I've had thoughts about selling my Big Ruck and buying one...amazing how low the price is. I could sell the BR, buy the PCX, and have about $1800 in walking-around money. AND a new scoot, more economical.

    But I probably won't. First, because this is the wrong time to sell; even though the local dealer has a PCX on the floor.

    Second, because the BR is one of few two-wheeled Asian machines that has room enough for me. And with that...I'm a big guy, and me on the PCX would look like an elephant riding a peanut!

    And with it...the glowing performance reports by the buff books are probably overstated. Top speed was probably done with the lightest, smallest rider...and I need to be able to do 65.

    Finally....the PCX, while it looks clean, is just one more Asian scooter in appearance. The BR is unique.

    So...take it all together...I probably won't do a swap.

    Probably.
  4. Castle

    Castle Red Cloud Slept Here

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    The PCX 150 is a nice scoot. I really like mine. Ride it more than the little Ruck, but that is mainly because it is faster and has storage. Great for around town. I'm seeing about 62 on the top end (thin air here) and 99mpg. It will likely go faster as it gets broken in; I know the little Ruck did. Top box seems to make no difference in performance.


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  5. lifer

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    The PCX is a nice scooter but it still falls short. The drawbacks I see are that there is no ABS brakes available and 14 in. tires are expensive and there are few choices. It also needs a windshield that will actually do something for you. The Windshield can be fixed with aftermarket but untile ABS and the tire situation are fixed I would not purchase a new PCX. The valve adjustment situation is not a good selling point either but I could live with it if it had the other things corrected.
  6. sendler

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    The OEM tires are pretty good. A windscreen is $100 and a 5 minute install.
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  7. klaviator

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    There are no small scooters (new) available in the US with ABS that I know of. There is only one small motorcycle available with ABS(CBR250). It is possible to ride safely without ABS. I would be more concerned about the linked brakes that come on the PCX. Personally I wouldn't even want ABS on a small lightweight scooter. I might think differently if I lived somewhere that got a lot of rain and/or had slippery roads but here in the US there are few choices unless you get a maxi scooter or a mid sized or larger motorcycle.

    As more PCXs are sold, I'm sure some more 14" tires will become available and the price will likely come down.
  8. Kmart

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    Replacement tires are $45 front and $56 rear, not really that expensive. Selection is limited but the stock IRC tire is very decent so who cares. My mountain bike tires are $60-$80 a piece by comparison. Givi makes a couple windshields reasonably priced. As previously stated, nothing on the US market in this class comes with ABS so it's a very distant whish list.
  9. klaviator

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    If the PCX continues to sell well, I wouldn't be surprised if ABS became an option (in the US) in the next couple of years. Actually, I'll be surprised if they don't offer it. I'd expect it to be a $500 option like on the CBR250.
  10. sendler

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    I had a chance to try the brakes on the PCX the other day and they work very well. On a country road at 55 with a car in my distant mirror pushing the pace. Topped a crest on a left hand sweeper to see a school bus stopped on the other side of the road. I grabbed two handfulls of brake and the bike stopped perfectly and surprisingly shorter than I thought it would. No drama. perfect balance. I even had room to check my mirrors and let the car behind me have a bit more room. Great combined brakes and nice tires.
  11. GeeGusKahn

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  12. maddiedog

    maddiedog In dog we trust

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    I'm putting some Pirelli Diablos on mine next: http://www.pirelli.com/tire/us/en/motorcycle/sheet/diablo_scooter.html

    They'll probably cost a bit more than the stock IRCs, but I'm ok with that. :evil

    I don't see ABS becoming an option on a scooter this small. The 150cc hardly does 60mph -- even though that's more than substantial speed to justify ABS, it ruins the economy of the bike. I think we'd be more likely to see the SWing (http://www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles/scooters/#!/swing/ <- not to be confused with the Silverwing) in the USA than to see the PCX get equipped with ABS. I'm actually kinda sad they didn't import the SWing here, it's more refined than the PCX, faster than the PCX, but it does only get about 80mpg @ 60-70mph.
  13. lifer

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    You are probably right about honda not offering abs any time soon. I do not follow your logic about the lack of need for them though. Even if it could only do 40 mph and was 100 lbs the need is still there if not even more.
  14. klaviator

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    Honda will offer ABS if they think enough people will pay the extra $ for it. It's offered on the CBR250 which is also a low priced "economy" sport bike. It would be interesting to find out how many people are opting for the extra $500 for the ABS. How well the ABS sells on the CBR 250 may determine whether Honda offers it on the PCX.
  15. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    Keep in mind that the established Japanese companies haven't been setting records with the scooter sales they DO have. It wasn't perversity that led Honda to sell the Reflex and Big Ruckus designs to the Chinese - it was that they couldn't make a profit on the volume they were selling.

    Now they're trying Thai labor to keep cost down with the PCX, while offering sophisticated engine controls. I hope it works for them...but it's a gamble.

    And they'll wait to see how the bottom line looks before blinging it up with accessories like antilock brakes.
  16. Tacoma

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    The PCX 125-150 was designed for people in 3rd world countries where they are smaller, skinny due to malnutrition, like China, India ,,,, its not designed to carry around fat american men that eat potato chips, and drink beer. The smaller scooter like the PCX is all about the weight thats riding it! You'll never get that 125 MPG if the person sitting on it is 190 lbs! The engine, the CVT and the suspension isn't designed for fat, heavy people! Why do fat guys with a fat wife own Harley's for?
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  18. Kmart

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    Dude, just as I started enjoying my PCX and life in general, I'm forced to give-up chips and beer and relocate to Unbunktu. Any restrictions on bacon? Maybe I should trade the PCX for a Harley. Wait a minute, I already have a Harley. All I really need is a fat wife. I suppose it's doable after all.
  19. hexnut

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    I ain't saying my wife is fat but she fell down yesterday and rocked herself to sleep trying to get up..:rofl
  20. oldhippie1

    oldhippie1 Been here awhile

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    Don't buy a TOY. Get at least a 250.